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How To Use Salt In Your Home & For Your Health

Added January 3, 2016, Under: Environment, How To, Nutrition

different types of salt (pink, sea, black, and with spices)Natural sea salt has been invaluable to man since time began. But then more recently, man started to interfere with natural salt – resulting in a refined, chemically altered, processed product.

Fortunately, many are going back to using natural salt once more and benefiting from its health properties.

But there are still some non edible, helpful uses for processed salt

Top 5 tips for using that bag of processed salt in your cupboard.

1. Cleaning the flat of your electric iron when it gets discoloured and even sticky.  Heat the iron on high while spreading lots of salt on a piece of wax or newspaper.  Iron the paper back and forth for about a minute to clump up the salt and you will have a shiny new ironing surface.

2. Handling a sudden grease fire in your pan.  Pour lots of salt onto the flame direct to cut off the oxygen and stifle the flames.

3. Getting rid of burnt on grease in your pan or roasting dish.  Cover grease with a layer of salt and a little water.  Leave for 10 minutes and the grease should lift off completely.

4. Getting rid of difficult bath tub stains.  Open the window or put on the fan because this a smelly job and wear protective gloves.  Mix equal parts turps and salt (say half a cup of each) in a glass measuring jug.  Mix well until the salt has dissolved.  Apply with a sponge to all those stubborn stained areas and after a minute or so, they should have disappeared.

5. Unblocking bathroom sinks with this natural drain cleaner.  Clear any loose hair etc.  Pour down 1/4 cup of salt and 1/4 cup of baking soda.  Then 1/4 cup of vinegar until it foams up.  After 15 minutes, pour down a pot of boiling water and your outlet should be pleasantly clear.

Why you should use natural salt instead of processed salt in your food

Processed salt is nothing like natural salt – one is health damaging while the second is healing…

Natural salt is 84% percent sodium chloride but processed salt is 98%. The remaining 16% of natural salt comprises other naturally occurring minerals such as trace minerals like silicon, phosphorous and vanadium. However that 2% of processed salt consists of chemicals such as moisture absorbents (dangerous chemicals like ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate) and a little added iodine.

In addition the structure of processed salt has been extensively altered during the refining process. Refined salt is dried above 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, altering the natural chemical structure of the salt and leaving behind chemically “cleaned” sodium chloride.

So when you read about advice for cutting down on your salt intake, you need to realize that it is the processed salt or sodium that you need to be reducing and most of this processed salt is hidden in processed and convenience foods.

Be aware that processed salt is added by food manufacturers to their foods and products to improve taste and flavour. Salt also increases the shelf life of products by preventing bacterial growth. It is a preservative; it enhances sweetness in baked goods; it disguises that chemical aftertaste in soft drinks; and is used extensively in take outs and pre-packaged foods.  We tell you more in an earlier blog here.

When buying salt, look for natural salt such as Celtic

There are also other natural products that you can use to enhance and add flavor to your food:

  • Fresh and dried herbs: parsley, thyme, coriander, rosemary, origanum, mixed herbs
  • Spices: black pepper, curry, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, curry and mustard powder
  • Bay leaves
  • Lemon and/or orange rind and juice
  • Vinegar
  • Garlic or ginger

The more you can move towards a diet of whole foods in their natural state the better. You will be healthier with natural foods whether they are vegetables, fruit, meat, dairy and of course salt.  Our body needs salt but not the processed type. Buy unprocessed salt such as Celtic and don’t be afraid to use it.  Your body will thank you.

Salt in a sock for earache

I recently wrote about egg in a sock as a teething remedy for young children. But now here is another old remedy – this time using salt in a sock!

Try this natural remedy if you or your children ever suffer from earache but remember it is not to replace medical advice or consultation.

You will need:

  • 1 cotton sock
  • 1 ½ cups of natural sea salt

Directions:

1. Pour the sea salt into the sock and tie it closed.
2. Warm a skillet or pan on the stove over medium heat.
3. Place the sock in the pan and heat it up for 4 to 6 minutes.  Keep shaking it around so it heats up evenly.
4. The sock is ready to use when it is warm to the touch.
5. Place the warm sock on the ear. But do check that it is not too hot first.

This remedy can be used on adults and children alike. The heat of the salt sock helps to relieves pain, and the sea salt will help to draw out toxins. Warm sea salt is also an antiseptic and will remove moisture from the ear.  Keep repeating as often as is necessary, using the same salt sock until it discolors.

When it becomes discolored, you will know it has done its work well and should be replaced – if and when needed again.

 

Sources:

Video link to salt tips and more…https://www.salfacebook.com/A.Thingss/videos/1545213279135431/?pnref=story

http://www.davidwolfe.com/sock-sea-salt-treat-ear-ache/

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